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The 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup Final was
a basketball game that took place on 14 September 2014 at Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad
de Madrid in Madrid, Spain, to determine the winner of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. This was the first time the United States
and Serbia, after the secession of Montenegro, played against each other. With the United States victory, they tied
Yugoslavia with five titles, the most in this competition. They also qualified to the 2016 Summer Olympics.==Route to the final=====
United States===The Americans qualified by virtue of being
the defending Olympic champions, after defeating Spain in the 2012 gold medal game. The United States were one of the seeded teams
in the draw. They were ultimately drawn into Group C with
Turkey, New Zealand, Dominican Republic, Finland and Ukraine.The United States faced wild cards
Finland in their first game. The United States never looked back after,
erecting a 60–18 lead at halftime, to score its first win. In the rematch of 2010’s final, Turkey had
a 5-point advantage at the half, but the Americans outscored the Turks 63–37 in the second
half, to notch their second win. In their next game, the United States again
won easily, this time against New Zealand, to remain undefeated in group play. They then topped the group with a 106–71
victory against the Dominican Republic. Against Ukraine, the Americans closed out
group play undefeated, netting a fifth consecutive double-digit victory.In the round of 16, the
United States withstood a 25-point game-high effort by Gustavo Ayón, to record a 23-point
win against Mexico. The Slovenians faced the United States in
the quarterfinals, holding the USA scoreless in the first two minutes, but once the Americans
scored, they went on a 7–0 run, and never relinquished the lead. The semifinal was a rematch of the 2010 semifinal
against Lithuania; the latter kept it close during the first quarter, until when Klay
Thompson scored, to give the USA a 10–9 lead. The Lithuanians kept within striking distance
throughout the first half, but an unanswered 10–0 USA run, at the beginning of the third
quarter, sealed a return to the final for the USA.===Serbia===
Serbia qualified by finishing seventh at FIBA EuroBasket 2013. The Serbs were drawn into Group A, together
with hosts Spain, France, Brazil, Iran and Egypt.In their first game, Serbia had an easy
win against Egypt, with Miloš Teodosić scoring 15 points to lead the Serbs. The Serbs then faced France in their next
game. The French trailed at halftime, but Edwin
Jackson converted three three-pointers to keep France close. Boris Diaw tied the game with four seconds
left, then Joffrey Lauvergne scored from the free-throw line, to give Serbia their first
loss. In the next game, Hamed Haddadi’s 29 points
weren’t enough for Iran, as Serbia won 83–70. Haddadi was foiled when Serbia forced him
to commit his fourth foul, just before halftime. Although the Serbian players who guarded Haddadi
also battled foul trouble, they pulled through in the end. The Serbs then lost to Brazil, with Marcus
Vieira making 6 three-point shots. Serbia were assured of a final round berth
by their last group game against Spain, but lost 73–89, to finish fourth in the group.Serbia
faced Group B winners Greece in the round of 16. After the Greeks had their first lead of the
game late in the first half, Nikola Kalinić scored on a three-point play that gave them
the lead for good. Serbia limited Greece to 13 points in the
third quarter, en route to a win. Bogdan Bogdanović had a game-high 21 points,
and four other Serbs scored in double figures, to send Serbia to the quarterfinals. All Group A teams qualified to the quarterfinals,
with Brazil netting a rematch with Serbia. With Brazil within striking distance throughout
the game, Tiago Splitter and Nenê were assessed technical fouls in the third quarter; Serbia
had a seven-point possession, and never trailed again. France then defeated Spain, to arrange a rematch
with Serbia in the semifinals. Serbia had a 9–0 run in the second period,
to give them a 30–15 advantage. France cut the lead to ten, early in the fourth
quarter. Boris Diaw, Nicolas Batum and Evan Fournier
made three-pointers, to cut the deficit to four points, with five minutes left. Teodosić and Bogdanović scored their own
three-pointers, to pad the lead to nine, when the French converted more three-pointers to
cut the lead to three, with 48 seconds left. Thomas Heurtel converted both free-throws
to cut the lead to one point, but Teodosić missed a field-goal. Heurtel split his free-throws off Teodosić’s
foul, then Serbia scored four points, Batum made a three-pointer for France, and Marko
Simonović made both free-throws to seal the win for Serbia.==Match details==
This was the first meeting between Serbia and the United States at the World Cup. Serbia made their first five shots of the
game, to race to a 10–5 lead. After the U.S. timeout, Serbia scored anew,
then the Americans had a 17–3 run to go up by seven. Kyrie Irving and Klay Thompson scored three-pointers,
to give the USA a 35–21 lead. In the second quarter, the United States made
six more three point shots, to give them a 26-point lead at the half. The Americans erected the largest lead, at
39 points midway through the third quarter. The final deficit of 37 points and the 129
points scored, were the largest in a World Cup final since the USA’s 137–91 victory
over Russia at the 1994 FIBA World Championship. The Americans also became the third team,
after Brazil and Yugoslavia, to successfully defend the world title, and tied the Yugoslavs
for having the most championships, with five.The Americans shot 58% from the field and 50%
from beyond the three-point line in the game, won all nine games by an average of 32.5 points,
and qualified to the 2016 Summer Olympics. Kyrie Irving was named the tournament MVP.After
being defeated, the Serbian team was received by a raucous crowd, upon their return to Belgrade. This was the best finish of a national team
featuring Serb players, since the 2002 FIBA World Championship in Indianapolis, where
Yugoslavia defeated Argentina in the final

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